Mitch Marner: Maple Leafs 100% vaccinated entering season
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Marner: Maple Leafs 100% vaccinated entering 2021-22 season

The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing their best to eliminate COVID-19's effect on the upcoming 2021-22 campaign. 

According to Leafs forward Mitch Marner, the club is 100% vaccinated entering the season. General manager Kyle Dubas said earlier this week that the team was fully vaccinated. 

About 85% of NHL players had been fully vaccinated by August. It's unclear how much that number has changed, if at all.

The NHL Players Association is encouraging players to get vaccinated and warned about potential pay losses during the upcoming season if they don't get the shot.

According to The Athletic, the NHLPA has gone over potential pay loss scenarios for players, and teams can withhold pay if an unvaccinated player gets COVID-19 or if a player can't accompany the team because vaccines are required for travel.

The Canadian government has re-opened the border to travelers from the United States. However, travelers must be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, show proof of vaccination and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

It's unclear if unvaccinated players on American teams will be able to enter Canada with an exception. 

With restrictions much tighter in Canada, it's not surprising that the Maple Leafs are fully vaccinated. 

Toronto opens the 2021-22 campaign against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 13. The Maple Leafs don't host an American team (New York Rangers) until Oct. 18. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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